Falcon Captain America 3

When Marvel Comics announced that Sam Wilson, typically known as the Falcon, would take up the mantle of Captain America in an upcoming comics storyline, fans assumed that the film franchise featuring the same characters might quickly follow suit. Marvel Studios will soon need to negotiate new contracts for its primary Avengers stars, after all, and there’s every reason to expect that guys like Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth will eventually want to lay down their costumes and weapons. So will Sam Wilson, played by Anthony Mackie on film, become Captain America? Not in the next movie, say the Captain America 3 screenwriters.  Read More »

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Captain America 3 MODOK

Understandably, Captain America 3 scribe Christopher Markus hasn’t been very forthcoming about the overall plot of the new film. But he has been happy to discuss a certain baddie he really wants to introduce to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even if he willingly admits it’s not likely to happen.

Asked about Captain America characters he hoped to use, Markus singled out MODOK — as he has been doing for the last three years. Hit the jump to read the quote, and get the details on his long and loving history with the oddball villain.

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Agent Carter directors

At today’s Marvel Television panel, the first four directors for ABC’s upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D prequel series Agent Carter were revealed. The four filmmakers all hail from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both feature and short, and include some names you might not expect to be directing television. Find out who the Agent Carter directors will be after the jump.

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Captain America: Winter Soldier behind the scenes

While visiting the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in July 2013, we got a chance to sit down and chat with Stephen McFeely & Christopher Markus, screenwriters of Captain America: The First Avenger and the upcoming sequel. After the jump you will find our roundtable interview with the producer which was conducted right outside the Manhattan Beach sound-stages during the tail end of principal photography.

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Captain America The Winter Soldier

One of the biggest secrets we learned while on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier: is that the Captain America sequel ending will have big ramifications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe that will lead directly into Avengers: Age of Ultron. Find out what we learned after the jump.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier set visit

In July of 2013 I took a short trip to Marvel Studios in Manhattan Beach to visit the Captain America: The Winter Soldier set. While on the studio lot, I got a chance to chat with the cast and crew;  I learned some of the secrets of the movie and about the making of the film. After the jump you will read over 40 things I learned during my visit to the Captain America: The Winter Soldier set. Marvel has also provided us with some photos to premiere from the production. And elsewhere on /Film, you can read full transcripts of our roundtable interviews with the actors, writers and directors.

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Pain and Gain Muscles

Michael Bay might be the man getting all the ink when it comes to this week’s true crime film Pain & Gain, but really Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were initially responsible for its birth. It was the screenwriting pair, who wrote the three Chronicles of Narnia adaptations, Captain America: The First Avenger, and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, that found the original Miami New Times articles by Pete Collins and shopped them around Hollywood. That was in 2000.

Granted, it was Bay’s attachment that actually got the film made, but Markus and McFeely were essential in the development of the film. Below, we spoke to the pair about that process, what Bay brought to the table, using voice over and what it means to adapt a true story. Read More »

Pain and Gain tanning

Michael Bay has never attempted a movie as complex as Pain and Gain. He’s made plenty of films that flaunt action, crime and sex, but Pain and Gain isn’t one of them, at all. Below its glossy surface, Pain and Gain is a dark, terrifying true story of one man’s twisted view of the American dream and how he strives to achieve it. That means the film’s main characters — played by Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie — are not good people. They have good traits, maybe even good hearts, but though they’re presented as muscle-bound super men, they’re not good people.

Making an entertaining and thought-provoking movie filled with despicable characters is not an easy task. It’s a tonal nightmare and Bay struggles with that balance from the very beginning of the film. Ultimately, he finds a groove and the film may win you over, but the journey to that point is as bumpy as a muscled arm. Read More »

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